With President Obama out of the country, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stepped out on the campaign trail over the past two days with stops in Nevada and Arizona to raise funds and rally support for local Democrats.
And the Connecticut Democratic party announced Monday that he will attend a luncheon in support of embattled Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn. Dec. 11, signaling a new level of intensity in the vice president’s party-building efforts that have already seen him visit, by his count, 54 House districts this year.
Biden’s made appearances Sunday and Monday with vulnerable Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.., and Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz., all of whom face competitive races in states that have been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis and economic recession.
According to a report by the Pew Center on the States released last week, Arizona ranked second and Nevada fifth among states in the most “fiscal peril” in 2009. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., won Kirkpatrick’s 1st District and Mitchell’s 5th District in the 2008 presidential race, while Obama snared Titus’ 3rd District.